tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC June 26, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>>. >> brek breaking news tonight on several fronts. a special edition of "world news tonight." first, history at the supreme court on same-sex marriage. the reaction on both sides. now legal in all 50 states. the lines. couples waiting to get married. the 5-4 ruling. justices who were against this, you will hear their fiery dissent. and the states refusing to let the weddings begin. the breaking news in the hunt for the two escaped killers. tonight, they have shot and killed one of the men. at this hour, authorities say closing in on the other. we're on the scene. american authorities on alert tonight, after 90 minutes of terror. three separate attacks overseas -- tourists at a beach resort. an american-run factory. a mosque. brian ross and bob woodruff, overseas tonight. and, honoring the charleston
pastor and the eight other victims. the president, and the moment a grateful community was not expecting. ♪ amazing grace ♪ good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we will get to the historic decision from the supreme court. the joy and the anger. but we begin with breaking news as we come on the air. 21 days on the run, and authorities say they have shot and killed richard matt, taken in upstate new york. they say they could be closing in on the other man, david sweat. he's likely armed and dangerous and growing more desperate.
they believe they were trying to make it run for it across the border to canada. linzie janis on the ground in malone new york. >> reporter: 21 days thousands of officers hundreds of miles of terrain, scoured. and tonight, the end of the road for richard matt one of the escaped convicts. shot and killed by a border patrol s.w.a.t. team just 17 miles from the canadian border. one more inmate still at large tonight, david sweat. authorityies saying he likely has a gun. a woman saying he received a strange knock at her door. and at 3:57 p.m. matt is
spotted. shot dead 25 minutes later. >> police continue the search they remind residents to remain out of the area. >> reporter: and something they left behind outdoors. >> the items we've selected and submitted, we've drawn definitive conclusions from that. >> reporter: authorities closing in on sweat. >> and linzie janis joining us with late information. what they had to take one of the suspects down? >> right, richard matt tried to carjack an r.v. the driver speeding off, calling 911. >> thank you. we move on to the historic
decision from the supreme court, ruling that same-sex marriage is now legal in every state in america. same-sex couples celebrating the victory. from arkansas to nebraska to louisville same-sex couples lining up to get married. from inside the supreme court tonight, the passionate dissent as well. this was a 5-4 decision and they spell it out, both for and against. terry moran is at the supreme court, with celebrations and the states vowing to resist tonight. >> reporter: the news hit the crowd outside the supreme court like a wildfire. justice anthony kennedy, a longtime champion of gay rights on the court, he wrote today's landmark opinion describing the stakes in this case in the loftiest terms. >> no union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love,
fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. in forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. >> reporter: and it was the children of same-sex couples, the hundreds of thousands of them across america. justice kennedy has so often written and spoken about them in the past, but they were at the heart of his ruling. >> without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser. >> reporter: outside, we met melissa fobear and stacy makris, and their son niko. together for seven years, they waited for this day and now will be married. what does today mean for niko? >> it means that he will grow up in a country where his family is equal to every other family. >> reporter: jim obergefell, the lead plaintiff, carrying a picture of his late husband john arthur, together 21 years. ohio refusing to recognize their legal marriage, taking a call on the plaza from president obama in the oval office.
>> not only have you been a great example for people, but you're also going to, you know, bring about a lasting change in this country. >> thank you, sir. that means an incredible lot to me. >> reporter: four of the nine justices dissented, chief justice john roberts arguing that the all good feelings today are not grounded in sound constitutional law. >> by all means celebrate today's decision. celebrate the achievement of a desired goal, but do not celebrate the constitution. it had nothing to do with it. >> reporter: and justice scalia, in a rage, scorning kennedy's poetic opinion as little more than a fortune cookie. but in the rose garden, president obama spoke of the history and the hope in this moment. >> when all americans are treated as equal we are all more free. >> reporter: this afternoon on that plaza, the gay men's chorus of washington is singing our national anthem, while balloons spelling out "love" soared into the sky. >> and terry moran joins us
live. you reported some states planning to resist. but does this go into effect immediately? >> it certainly does. gay gay marriage is the law in all 50 states, and there are a few states where officials are re reluctant to go forward. this is now constitutional law in america. >> terry, thank you. we're going to turn to the three major terror attacks that played out today all within 90 minutes. authorities in the united states on high alert. urging all americans to be vigilant and prepared. here are the pictures coming in tonight, first from tunisia.
39 tourists killed at a hotel. the suspected gunman opening fire at a swimming pool. and an attack at a factory, and also at a mosque. all authorities are on alert tonight, and bob woodruff has teamed up with brian ross. >> reporter: british and german tourists rushed to the hospital. >> i turned the bullet just hit me in my arm. >> reporter: it was a massacre. at least 37 dead. 36 wounded. the bodies covered with beach towels. >> i saw the gunman firing shots random
randomly. >> reporter: he killed people in the sea, said another witness. and he killed eded people in the swimming pool. he even shot at some of the beach's popular hot air balloons. uncheck terror as the lone gunman identified as the man in this photo, stalked the grounds before being killed by police. bob woodruff is in tunisia tonight. authorities trying to determine his background and whether he's connected to isis or any other group. >> reporter: and two other attacks, one at this
american-owned gas company in france. and a suicide bomb attack in kuwait during prayers at a mosque. after a day of terror raising alarms here in the united states. >> and pierre thomas there's a real sense of urgency to prevent an attack here at home. what are you hearing? >> reporter: there's real concern that isis is using a social media company to blast out messages encouraging people to kill americans wherever they
are. a number of these people are accused of planning bombings so yes, high concerns. we turn to a poignant day in charleston south carolina. the line forming as early as 3:30 a.m. in the morning. the arena filled to capacity. but no one could have expected what they saw there. byron pitts was there. >> reporter: today in charleston, though somber the occasion, scorching the heat, mourners came out by the thousands. inside the packed td arena, more than 5,000 thousand strong, the going home service for state senator and pastor clementa pinckney. president obama arriving midservice, here as the nation's comforter-in-chief. >> what a good man. you don't have to be of high station to be a good man. >> reporter: a good man, gunned down with eight others inside
mother emanuel ame church during midweek bible study. accused killer dylann roof was never mentioned by name, but a sign near reverend pinckney's casket seemed aimed at him and all who hate. "wrong church, wrong people, wrong day." >> blinded by hatred, the alleged killer could not see the grace surrounding reverend pinckney and that bible study group. the light of love that shone as they opened the church doors and invited a stranger to join in their prayer circle. >> reporter: the president spoke of the nation's long struggle with race and the south's seismic shift this past week regarding the confederate flag. praise across political lines to south carolina republican governor nikki haley, she called for the flag to come down earlier this week. >> the flag has always represented more than ancestral pride.
for many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. we see that now. >> reporter: in church, the president acknowledged the national conversation about race. >> we talk a lot about race. there's no shortcut. we don't need more talk. >> reporter: a plea not just for conversation, but change. >> it would be a betrayal of everything reverend pinckney stood for, i believe, if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again. >> reporter: and then an ending that took the audience and the nation by surprise. ♪ amazing grace ♪
>> reporter: the president defining grace as unmerited gifts from god. and the people inside this church were all a gift. david? >> byron, thank you. what happened after that in a moment here. in the meantime, the ntsb investigating a deadly plane crash in alaska. all nine onboard killed. most of them tourists from a cruise. here's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: tonight, in steep, rugged terrain, recovery efforts are being slowed by more bad weather. it was 2:06 p.m. yesterday when a report came in to authorities that the dehavilland otter float plane, like this one, was overdue on a sightseeing flight out of ketchikan, alaska. the eight passengers, tourists from the holland america cruise ship westerdam. along with the pilot, all were killed.
the plane's wreckage indicates it slammed into a granite rock face about 25 miles northeast of ketchikan. this picture, taken from an faa webcam around the time of the crash, shows low visibility over the mountains. >> pilots know where things are. >> reporter: nearly 700 have crashed in alaska in the last 30 years. the ntsb says at this point it's too early to know if weather played a role in the crash, or if it was mechanical or something else. david? and seven states in the west under storm advisoryiesadvisories. 11 states under severe thunderstorm watches. ginger zee, where is the track
tonight? >> the pink is a severe thunderstorm watch. the flood watch on the front end, that's what i'm concerned about overnight. two to three inches at times. and record heat in the west portland to 101 tomorrow. >> thank you. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. a suspected shark attack again. off north carolina the fifth attack in just two weeks. new warnings going out tonight. also the american olympic sailor lost at sea. what investigators are saying at this hour. and, the refund that could be on the way for a certain brand of beer. all of it over this question. was it made in america? and are you owed money tonight? the news continues in a moment.
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